Democrats tout plan to combat cancer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Barack Obama's campaign has announced plans to boost the fight against cancer by doubling research spending and guaranteeing access to health insurance.

Jill Biden, the wife of Obama's running mate, Joe Biden, says funding for cancer research has gone stagnant under the Bush administration and, as president, Obama would fight the disease.

Funding for the National Cancer Institute stood at 4.8 billion dollars last year. Obama wants to more than double that spending to 10 billion dollars within five years.

Speaking on behalf of the campaign, Senator John Kerry says the funding would be generated, in part, by cutting excess spending.

Obama's health insurance proposal would cost an estimated 55 to 60 billion dollars and would be financed by letting tax cuts expire for households with incomes above $250,000.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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